Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
My parents will be here in 16 days. Whoopee!! The anticipation is just about killing us! Bertha, will you please make me some of your Chop Suey while you are here? (no, my mother's name is not Bertha, but I like to call her that). Not only are my parents wonderful house guests, but they are the Most Fabulous Grandparents, and I am so excited that the boys are going to get to spend two weeks with them. In anticipation of their arrival, I'm busy doing some baking and freezing. Yesterday, I made some fabulous Rosemary Cookies , compliments of P. Allen Smith - - so, so good. Just imagine a Snickerdoodle, but with a hint of rosemary. Perfect with a cup of tea, if you ask me. Herbs in your cookies? Too weird, you say? Give them a try, you will not be disappointed. I've also got to make some biscotti - - it is so simple to make, and it freezes really well.
My cousin Linda pointed me to a great website last week (thanks, Linda!), and I've been laughing ever since. Please take a moment to check out In the Motherhood - - it is hilarious! I'm loving Jenny McCarthy these days. Basically, real moms can write in to the website and tell their actual mothering experiences, and potentially have their story picked and then acted out by the cast, in "webisodes". My favorite at the moment is "Preachers, Panties, and Policemen". Watch it, and, especially if you are a mom, I dare you to tell me that you can't relate to it in some way!
Now, I'm off to suck down a mug full of TheraFlu.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
The boys were busy while I was away this morning, catching up with their dad, who has been pretty swamped with work these days, and therefore, not around much. Steve and Camden just left to do some fishing, and Griffin is still standing at the kitchen door crying! It stinks to be the little guy who gets left behind, you know.
Since Easter is now officially less than a month away, I feel like I can go ahead and dig out my decorations. You know I love any excuse I can find, to decorate for a holiday. Oh, and eat jelly beans.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Did you see Oprah the other day? I love watching Oprah - - it is my daily "mental break" while I am preparing dinner. The episode I am referring to is the "Shlumpadinka Makeovers". Yikes, that was scary. I'm pretty sure I'm a shlumpadinka. Along with my desire to declutter my home, this was the other inspiration for cleaning out my closet. I especially loved the list of "10 Essentials" that Lloyd Boston talked about, and that if you base your wardrobe around these 10 items, you can never say you have "nothing to wear":
- gauze scarves (in bright colors)
- a trench coat (right now, I'm in love with this one)
- a black turtleneck and a white turtleneck
- a tunic
- a pair of white jeans, and a pair of dark jeans
- a black dress
- a white denim jacket
- a black skirt
- a cashmere sweater (sorry, there is no way I'm wearing cashmere around two little boys, lest it be covered in jam, boogers, and dirt)
- flats (in leapord print or a bright color)
I think some of things on this list obviously don't fit it to my day-to-day activities, but we do go out in public a lot, and it wouldn't hurt me to change out of my "uniform" once in a while. It was fun to see all of the makeovers and to think that there may be hope for me after all! I love clothes, I love make-up, and I have always been a girly-girl at heart. The fact of the matter is, it is hard to find the time to spend on myself. Just this morning, Griffin, for some reason, decided to "sleep in" (he's usually up at 5:00 a.m.) so I quickly rushed into the shower. Seriously, I had just closed the shower door when Camden knocked, and informed me that Griffin was awake. Rascals.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
- Steve went on his annual arctic skiing trip last weekend. He slept in a tent in the snow. He got a sunburn. He can't wait to go again next year. Boys are strange.
- The boys and I developed a serious case of cabin fever over the weekend. Okay, actually the boys were fine, but I just about went loopy. I've had it with winter! I'm tired of being inside, rarely seeing another adult for days on end! Ack!!
- The good news is, the weather has taken a turn for the better. The snow is melting. I can see grass. GREEN grass. Yippee!!
- I took Roy to the vet on Monday, along with a very inquisitive 4 1/2 year old, and a 17-month old who thinks every stranger is a doctor, and therefore proceeds to claw at me and cry hysterically when the public figure du jour looks at him.
- Ummm...I just spaced out and looked out the window just now, and it is SNOWING. Lord help me.
- There was an earthquake in Nevada yesterday, in case you haven't heard. I somehow missed it - - I was busy making pancakes and wrangling little boys. Steve felt it at his office in Boise. Roy felt it, because he burrowed in through a hole in Riley's dog bed and wouldn't come out . Riley felt it - - and let me know it - - by pooping on the living room floor.
- We are car-less today and this weekend due to Steve's Army commitments, so I am trying to figure out how amuse these boys and remain sane all at the same time. Hopefully the weather will be pleasant because that will surely help.
As you can see, there hasn't been a whole lot going on here, except things that make me whine. Rest assured, Dear Readers, I am digging deep today, and I vow to uncover that creative portion of my brain, so I can get back to some regular posting.
Camden just emerged from his bedroom and informed me that he and his brother are having a "diaper fight". I guess I'd better go...
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today, I give you a glimse of a few things in my beloved kitchen that are bringing me joy, on this beautiful, crisp Idaho day:
The beginnings of Butternut Squash Soup, simmering on my stovetop
My salt pig. What?!? You don't have one? You must get one. I had wanted one for a long, long time, but couldn't really see the point. As a matter of fact, you are probably saying to yourself right now, "What's the point?" One day I found one at TJ Maxx, and I've never looked back. Oh, how I love my salt pig.
My Kromex bread box. I've mentioned this bread box before - - I bought it from the former owner of our house. I want to hug it, I love it so much.
My butter crock. I love real butter, and this keeps it fresh and at room temperature. I found this in Maine, when we were there last fall.
Sipping tea from this vintage Fire King tea cup...I found this at a little antique shop in town.
These Apple Cider Donuts that I just baked for the boys. Boy do they smell good...
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Okay, so I don't normally allow animals on countertops (ick!) but I figured I'd cut the little guy some slack today.
Getting lapped to death by Riley
Camden bawled his eyes out when I reminded him that he had school today. After I informed him that Griffin would be napping while he was at school, and therefore would not be playing with Roy, he felt much better.
I promised you a heart-shaped pizza, so here it is! We had to move our Friday pizza night up a day, because Steve and his equally crazy friend Chuck will be heading out tomorrow for their annual 20-mile roundtrip cross-country skiing/camping trip. Yes, they ski 10 miles into a hot spring, and then camp out in the snow. They also spend quite a bit of time sipping whiskey while sitting in the hot spring, I might add. Steve is as giddy as a school girl right now, in anticipation of his "boy vacation". I had been hoping to ply him with some Vermonty Python and then talk him into giving me a Valentine's Day foot rub, but I can see now as I type this post, that he is far too worked into a dither over his trip, so I might as well grab a good magazine and go to bed!
I got an email notification today that NaBloPoMo (remember National Blog Posting Month, back in November?) is going to happen year-round now, with a new "theme" each month. I'm sitting here wringing my hands over whether or not to try it for the month of March, just to shake things up a bit. I already know that the theme for March is "lists", which I really doubt I can sustain for 31 days, but then again the themes thing is optional so maybe I'll give it a try.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We are thinking of adding to our family. NO! I'm not pregnant, lest Steve run for the hills at full tilt and never come back. Camden has decided he would like a cat. I'm not sure I am 100% ready to take a kitty on, but I think another critter might do old Riley some good. He is pretty lonely without his Sadie, and maybe a kitty would perk him up a bit. We payed a visit to our local shelter this morning, and Camden immediately fell in love with a sweet little boy kitty named Roy. He is only 15 weeks old, so a good age, and he was super-friendly and not the least bit skittish around the midgits, so another plus. I'm thinking it all through this afternoon while Camden is at school, although I'm pretty sure my opinion doesn't count for much, since Camden exclaimed he'd rather "go get Roy" than go to school.
Now, please excuse me - - I must get back to my baking - - tomorrow is Valentine's Day, after all. Stop by tomorrow for a post full of sugar, butter, and heart-shaped pizza.
Monday, February 11, 2008
After that, we made a quick stop (to humor me) at a little antique shop, which, unfortunately didn't allow children into the best part of the shop (hmmm...I wonder why?!??), so I was left to make a quick dash through, where I made mental notes of the oodles of vintage Pyrex, Fire King, and deviled egg plates lining the shelves. Alas, in a couple of weeks I will be sneaking back there, all by myself, so that I can look and linger.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day working on my most recent project, which is, decluttering my home. That's a topic for another post, but let me just tell you, it is life-altering. I am currently reading a book by Peter Walsh, and has totally changed the way I view and think about "stuff". If you have even the slightest problem with clutter or disorganization, I highly recommend his book.
Today, we took Camden shopping to get some soccer gear, because he's just signed up to play spring soccer. I'm still feeling a little anxious about all of this - - the state of organized sports anymore makes me a little distressed, which was only amplified, when I had to sign a "Parents Code of Conduct" form at the Rec Center, when registering him. I kid you not, it was two pages long, all about how I would promise not to act like a complete idiot whilst my 4-year-old child plays soccer. I mean, really. It makes me so sad to think that there are parents out there who behave in a manner that makes these sort of forms even necessary. So, back to the soccer gear. Camden was so excited to try everything on when we got home, because, you know - - it is like another costume of sorts, and you know the boy loves a good costume. The boys headed into their room to play, and Steve and I were each seperately occupied when suddently we heard what sounded like a gun shot, followed by hysterical screaming. Long story short, apparently Camden sat on his soccer ball, and it exploded, peppering his bare little legs (he was wearing soccer shorts, you know) with bits of soccer ball shrapnal. That kid is going to have some nasty bruises, I can tell you that. I'm happy to report that the afternoon drama did not deter him from wanting to play soccer, but he certainly won't be sitting on a soccer ball any time soon.
As for the rest of the week, it is jam-packed with Story Time tomorrow (Valentine's theme), Valentine's party for Camden at school, Valentine's festivities at home of course, more decluttering, and certainly our weekly fill of reading, playing, and all things little boy. Steve leaves this weekend for his annual arctic camping trip - - more about that in a few days.
Ending with a shot of Griffin, reading with Steve. He spent a good part of the weekend bringing book after book to us, wanting to sit and read. I love it!
Friday, February 08, 2008
So, there you have it! Winner, you are now the proud owner of a brand new copy of Stonewall Kitchen Favorites, by Jonathan King, Jim Stott, and Kathy Gunst. It is a wonderful cookbook, and I hope you will love it as much as I do! Please email me to let me know that you are aware you have won! Thank you to everyone who entered - - I enjoyed doing this, and am hoping to do it on a semi-regular basis now, because, well - - it is fun to give stuff away!! Most of all, thank you for reading my blog - - I appreciate it so much.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Congratulations, Kev - - I am so happy for you!
p.s. - don't forget to check in tomorrow evening to see who has won the cookbook!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
A wintery-wonderland morning walk with my beloved Riley James.
Snow piled up in the middle of Main Street - - not something you usually see around here.
The apple thief strikes again
The Birthday Foot Rub (my apologies to you, if you happen to be eating breakfast while reading this post - - I'm sure the last thing you wanted to see was my icky feet!).
Thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a nice day with my boys - - they are good to me. Steve whipped up a fabulous breakfast, and then really out-did himself by making pork medallions with mushroom cream sauce for dinner. It was so nice to be cooked for, for a change! Steve is such a good cook - - I need to try to bribe him into cooking more often, don't you think?
My big accomplishment for the day was figuring out the Bluetooth earpiece that my parents sent to me for my birthday. I am a technological idiot, but I actually figured it out all by myself, so I'm feeling rather smug.
Turning 30 didn't phase me in the least - - there is always such a big deal made about turning 30, but it just wasn't a big deal. Turning 36, however, has caused me to do quite a bit of thinking. I don't really have my thoughts organized yet, but in a nutshell, I would like to start living with a bit more purpose - - I want to take better care of myself and my health, I want to distance myself from negativity, and I want to do a better job of "not sweating the small stuff". I really hope in a year from now, I can look back and see that I've made some strides in those areas.
As for now, I have some little boys to dress, and teeth to brush.
P.S. three more days to enter the contest!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
- Why doesn't Santa live in the South Pole, instead of the North Pole?
- Why do some trains have cow catchers on the front?
- Can we get a cat when Riley dies?
- Why do dogs have to stay in the yard, but cats don't?
- Can I have chocolate milk for breakfast?
- Can I be a lion? (costume change #1)
- Where does Paul Bunyon live?
- Why is the world so huge?
- If we did Ring-Around-the-Rosie, could we reach around the world? (in case you are wondering, we bought a globe at the trift store this morning, so he is a bit obsessed with the Earth today)
- Can we do a project? What kind of a project? When?
- Can I be Paul Bunyon? (costume change #2)
- When is it pizza time? (we make pizza every Friday) Is it pizza time now? How about now?
- Can I be a pirate? (costume change #3)
This is about 1/8 of what we've talked about today, but you get the picture.
Now, pardon me while I go and fix myself a cocktail.
*p.s. If you haven't done so already, you still have a few days to enter the cookbook contest. Simply leave a comment on the January 30th post!*